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Fernando Alonso denies rumors of leaving Ferrari

Sep 2, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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Once again, Fernando Alonso has had to do all he can with a flawed car this season at Ferrari. The Spaniard currently sits fourth in the driver’s championship, and has become the subject of rumors involving a possible jump to McLaren in 2015.

But in an interview with Britain’s Sky Sports, Alonso denied those rumors. While indicating flattery at being talked about so much, he stated that “it’s not [his] intention to move at the moment.”

“I want to win here and finish the job that we started some years ago and we will see what the future [holds],” he said to Sky. “There has been a lot of talk since last summer, but from my mouth, there never came any interest to leave Ferrari or any words saying l would join another team.

“There was a lot of speculation, which is not disturbing but it created a little bit of tension and stress. Yet you also feel happy and proud that the best teams have an interest in you and say so in public.”

The first season of the V6 era has not been an easy one for the Scuderia, which hasn’t been able to hang with either Mercedes or Red Bull and is having to fend off Williams for third in the constructors’ championship.

Alonso has squeezed two podium finishes out of the F14 T, while teammate Kimi Raikkonen has earned none so far in his return season at Maranello (although he got close last time out at Belgium with a fourth-place finish).

Those frustrations were also acknowledged by Alonso in his interview with Sky.

“…We had high hopes with this year’s new regulations and starting from zero with all the other teams, we thought we could have an advantage with all our facilities and input from everybody,” he said. “But we have found ourselves not in the right position and not competitive.”

Last week, Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci said he was not worried about either Alonso or Raikkonen possibly leaving the squad at season’s end.

  1. techmeister1 - Sep 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    With the major reorganization of Ferrari F1, Alonso is willing to wait and see if they are able to turn their operation back into a dominant F1 team. With any luck Ferrari will be much better next year. Hopefully McLaren, Lotus and Sauber will step up their game also.

    • raayn2000 - Sep 2, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      two words….. Ross Brawn

  2. zydecobro - Sep 2, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Purrari is pretty much done..they are kinda the laughin stock of F1 anymore Not even Ross can help these cats out..for now on its going to be the Benz boys and up coming Honda that will set the new standard..Purrari was something to watch back in the v12, v10 and v8 days but that all in the past…

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